Dale Yates  

Study in Shadows by Dale Yates

June 2021 - Study in Shadows

About the Image(s)

Image Description: In reference to our study in shadows this month, this image of shadows spread across a heavy snowfall taken in February 2018. We had a heavy snowfall overnight that blanketed our backyard with a fresh pack of snow.

The shadows from adjacent trees was spread out across this fresh snow in our backyard. This photo was taken near mid-day with a goal to capture this, somewhat, abstract and varied, layout of the shadows.

RAW format; Canon SL1 camera; Tamron 18-200 F/3.5-6.3 lens; aperture F/22; shutter speed 1/160; ISO-200; focal length 40mm. Post processing in Lightroom includes adjustment to contrast, highlights and shadows, color adjustments, and overall sharpening.

7 comments posted

Jennifer Marano   Jennifer Marano
Hi Dale,

Your image is both simple and detailed! The randomness of the shadows and the regularity of the fence seem to balance each other. And the shadows beyond the fence add a bit of mystery to the scene. Very nice!
  Posted: 06/06/2021 15:40:27
Dale Yates   Dale Yates
Thanks Jennifer! I did not notice the balance that you mentioned, but can see it now. Thanks for pointing this out!   Posted: 06/06/2021 19:15:32

Chan Garrett   Chan Garrett
Dale. I like this image. The strong shadow pattern in the snow turns it from a "so-so" image into one with a great amount to interest.   Posted: 06/07/2021 08:01:54

Steven Jungerwirth   Steven Jungerwirth
Dale - I like this image and find it interesting to view. Agree with Jennifer that the repetitive, linear nature of the fence posts - provides contrast with the chaos of the tree branches. I like the weathered appearance of the fence . . . that contrasts with the perfect/smooth natural beauty of the snow. Nice job with the exposure; capturing some detail in the tree trunk/fence - in a scene that is almost blindingly white.

Two comments:
- Would the image have more of that "cold/frozen tundra" feel if you converted to black and white and then added a slight bluish tone (example attached). Perhaps Lance can comment - since he has previously shared information about toning. I do see some orange sunlight in your image - that warms the shot and may make it more interesting to some.
- I would have preferred the image if the top of tree was included. Likely nothing you can do now . . . but something I've started to concentrate on as I take pictures (i.e. crop less tightly to leave more options later).

Although it's 90 degrees today in Chicago . . . your image reminds me of winter (in a good way!).   Posted: 06/08/2021 05:54:43
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Jennifer Marano   Jennifer Marano
Interesting about the slight hint of sunlight in the image - I kept going back and forth between the two images, and while your rendition certainly conveys the cold more clearly, I am a big fan of subtle color in images that appear monochrome at first glance.   Posted: 06/08/2021 09:40:30

Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
Terrific, Dale....Jennifer made the first comment of how this is simple, but includes a certain amount of detail (and I will add, this detail is in the shadows). Together, a very fun-loving image to view.

I love BW photography, and of course you all know this.....of course, I would have converted this to BW or even shot the scene on BW film. In any case, Steve's (toned) example, in fact, brings a "colder" feeling (aesthetic) to your composition. Without the tone, and with a (harder) contrast between white & blacks, this would change more towards the abstract. So, there, two different examples of changing mood within the same photograph.

Does this work? Yes, of course this is a viable option for this particular composition, but of course, in this case, completely changes your original "warmer" multi-colored version, in itself, is also a viable option: two different narratives from the same composition.   Posted: 06/08/2021 19:11:07

Will Korn   Will Korn
It's very interesting, and I love the various geometries. I would have liked to see the whole tree also, but often when people say stiff like that that couldn't know there was a power line up there etc, so probably you already thought of this. NIcely done.   Posted: 06/13/2021 16:05:45


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